Greenwood's Ecohabitats make wildlife nest boxes, roosts and shelters using an innovative and green material, EcostyrocreteTM.
By shredding used polystyrene, that was heading to a 'landfill site near you', Ecostyrocrete is made by mixing with cement and moulded into durable and insulated homes for wildlife.
With the increasing loss of natural habitats for British wildlife they need our help more than ever.
Putting up nest boxes for birds and bats is something we could do to help them. Traditional wooden boxes can be draughty, leaky, prone to rot and fluctuating temperatures and have a lifetime of around 10 years at best.
Ecostyrocrete nest boxes are made from two materials, polystyrene and cement, known for durability and insulation but not necessarily thought good for the environment - unless in their recycled form as Ecostyrocrete!
Lancaster University's Engineering Department tested the material in a range of experiments and reported;
Throughout the testing, Ecostyrocrete has performed well as a habitat material. Also worth considering are the advantages of Ecostyrocrete which have not been discussed, such as its resistance to cracking under impact, its lightness and the ability to float on water. "
As an Ecostyrocrete box should last for decades many generations of families will be assured of having a roof over their head.